My Stirling Awards winners 2016

My Stirling

The My Stirling Award is an innovative skills award programme developed by the Careers and Employability Service. The award is designed to recognise your extra-curricular activities and achievements. Gaining the My Stirling Award will give you an edge in the competitive graduate jobs market, as employers look for graduates who have made the most of opportunities at university and developed a wide range of skills and attributes. 

The best part is that you’re probably already undertaking activities that are eligible for recognition through the My Stirling Award. Part-time work, volunteering and involvement with university clubs and societies all count. There are three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold, and your achievement will be listed on your degree transcript to show employers that you’re a candidate to consider. 

Why complete the My Stirling Award?

  • Try new things and improve your confidence
  • Recognition on your transcript for your extra-curricular achievements
  • Learn more about yourself including identifying your individual strengths and areas for improvement
  • Gain a better understanding of the options and opportunities available to you
  • Develop your skills and be able to articulate what you can offer to future employers

Who can complete the Award?

All undergraduate students are now eligible to take part.

What do I need to do?

You need to be involved in work, volunteering, projects or activities that are not part of your normal degree programme. Here’s some of the activities previous students on the award have undertaken:

  • Part-time work
  • Holding a committee position with a club or society
  • Undertaking an internship
  • Attending a careers fair
  • Taking part in the peer mentoring programme (STEER)
  • Supporting the Students’ Union with a role or project
  • Volunteering for a local charity
  • Work shadowing
  • Attending Careers and Employability Service events

How many hours does it require?

The award can be completed at three levels; Gold, Silver and Bronze. There are different requirements for successful completion of each level.

All students must start at the Bronze level and work up; once you complete one award you can progress to the next. The requirements for each level are as follows.

Bronze: 50 hours from at least two different activities, with a completed skills audit and reflective summary.

Silver: 100 hours from at least three different activities, with a completed skills audit, reflective summary and LinkedIn profile

Gold: 200 hours from at least two different activities, with a completed skills audit, reflective summary and a mock job interview.

Although completing multiple levels in one year is possible, we recommend that students complete no more than two levels per academic year.





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50 / minimum two activities 

100 / minimum three activities 

200 / minimum four activities 

















How to sign up

You can register for the Award as soon as you’ve enrolled by going to our Canvas module. You can register at any time during the academic year. Do note however that you will need to complete your award by the end of the academic year.

What students say about the My Stirling Award?

The My Stirling Award is a fantastic opportunity to set you out on a personal development path, which you are able to tailor to yourself. There is support and guidance along the way but you are in the driver’s seat and able to take any path you choose.

Cameron Reid, Gold Award completer

My Stirling Award has allowed me to grow in confidence and experience. I have participated in activities I may otherwise not have undertaken. Consequently, I feel more equipped to pursue my teaching career and I hope to achieve my full potential.

Hayley Saunders, Silver Award completer

Further information

Find out more about the My Stirling Award by watching our short video for 2021.

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